Minister within the Public Health Ministry , Dr Karen Cummings and Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels on Wednesday visited Hubert Trim, one of the prison wardens injured in Sunday’s riot at the Georgetown Prison at Camp Street.According to information reaching this newspaper, Trim was badly beaten andMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings and Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels visited prison warden Hubert Trimchopped several times about his body and thrown through a window during the prison unrest.One of his colleagues, Odinga Wickham, succumbed to his injuries.
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When it comes to an earthquake, just a few seconds’ warning could make the difference between life and death. But many earthquake-prone countries lack the seismic networks that would give their citizens the lead time to find cover or shut down critical utilities. Now, a group of enterprising engineers is looking at a substitute network: smartphones. Using smartphones’ built-in accelerometers, researchers have invented an app—released today—that they say can detect strong earthquakes seconds before the damaging seismic waves arrive. MyShake, as the app is called, could become the basis for an earthquake warning system for the world’s most vulnerable regions.Trying to harness the world’s 1 billion smartphones for earthquake warning isn’t new, says John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who was not involved in the study. “We all know the approach could work if the phones are properly equipped,” he says. “But [this study has] done a number of things to solidify arguments that it’s practical. [They’re] showing that it could work now, if people are willing to run the software.”Previous efforts have struggled to tease out an earthquake’s shaking from everyday jostles and bumps. Most use sensors already built into cellphones, particularly accelerometers, three-axis motion sensors that keep track of orientation, or GPS, which gives the phone’s absolute position at any time. Last year, a separate team of scientists showed that smartphone GPS systems—although not as precise as sensitive scientific instruments—are still accurate enough to positively detect an earthquake of at least magnitude 7. 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Another part is on the back end: Devising an algorithm to take data from tens of thousands of smartphones, determine a magnitude and epicenter for the quake, and then issue a timely warning.In a new study, online today at Science Advances, researchers show that the MyShake app can detect earthquakes of at least magnitude 5 occurring within 10 kilometers of the phone. The team spent more than a year collecting data from phones placed on a “shake table,” a device that simulates the ground motions produced by an earthquake, and comparing them with data from everyday movements. “We’ve shown that we can identify earthquakes with a 93% success rate,” says Richard Allen, paper author and seismologist at the University of California, Berkeley. “[That] is remarkable because the kinds of motion a phone experiences from everyday movements are much larger.” The team has also been tweaking its network detection algorithm, which powers the centralized system that analyzes the smartphone data and relays warnings.The initial release of the MyShake app is intended as a large-scale test of the algorithm, aimed at collecting tens of thousands of data points from cellphones. So this version won’t issue alerts just yet, Allen says. But if the app passes the test, the alert system might be functional as early as the middle of this year. So far, MyShake is available only for Android phones. “Globally, there are many more Android phones, and that’s why we focused on that first.”“This is a really nice paper and a good approach,” Vidale says. “It’s quite a practical result. What he’s proposing, properly tuned, could be as good as a standard early warning system with established networks.”Indeed, there are a lot of ways a smartphone early warning system could outperform a standard network, he says: A standard system doesn’t have an infinite number of seismometers, but more like one every 10 to 20 kilometers. A cellphone-based warning system could be much denser, and therefore more accurate. But timing is also an issue. How quickly the system can issue warnings is based on a number of factors, including the magnitude of a quake, the number of cellphones detecting it, and the distance of phones from the epicenter. For example, the researchers estimate that for the 7.8 quake that struck 80 km north of Kathmandu last April, the warning system would give people in the city 20 seconds warning.But that doesn’t mean that such a system would replace a standard network in a well-instrumented country like the United States, Vidale adds. “Hard-wired systems are more immune to tampering and more predictable in behavior than a cellphone network could be. A lot of things are hard to control, including whether cellphone towers might go down in a quake. “It’s not a replacement for existing systems—but it has tremendous potential for places that can’t afford a standard seismic network.”
This week we hear stories on animal hoarding, how different languages have different numbers of colors, and how to tell a wakeful jellyfish from a sleeping one with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic, Brice Russ, and Sarah Crespi. Andrew Wagner talks to Karl-Heinz Kampert about a long-term study of the cosmic rays blasting our planet. After analyzing 30,000 high-energy rays, it turns out some are coming from outside the Milky Way. Listen to previous podcasts. [Image: Doug Letterman/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Doug Letterman/Flickr CC by 2.0
Call it fate or bad omen, but Tillakaratne Dilshan would be hoping that he never ever gets 160 runs on board.For today Sri Lanka lost the Hobart ODI even though the opener and former Sri Lankan captain scored put on an impressive 160 not out on board.Call is bizarre, but the last time he scored the same figure – 160 (scorecard), Sri Lanka ended up losing the match. And the opponents were the same – India.He did that at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot on December 15, 2009, when Sri Lanka were touring India.India scored a massive 414 in the first ODI of the series, thanks to an impressive 146 by Virender Sehwag.In reply Sri Lanka got off to a rollicking start with opener Dilshan scoring a 186-ball 160. But, the end result proved to be a forgettable one for the islanders as they fell short by just three runs in their chase.Eventually, India ended up winning the five-match series 3-1, with the Ferozeshah Kotla match being abandoned on account of unfit pitch.Today history repeated itself at a different venue (Hobart), different continent and at a different time zone. India were playing Sri Lanka. This time the Lankans put on a stiff target of 321 with Dilshan scoring an identical 160 – the end result, whoever, was – India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.Here’s what the tarot card says about the Number 16:The Tower tarot card sits at number 16.Throughout our lives we all strive to obtain and retain a sense of self and individual identity. This starts at The Emperor and our feeling of I Am. We draw people, places and things to us that help us to maintain what we believe to be our identity. Piece by piece, brick by brick, we build this ego personality, which here in the Tower is represented by the Tower itself.advertisementThen something happens that shatters our illusions and the Tower crumbles – That’s what happened to Dilshan today.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of Fort St John are being asked to share their thoughts and opinions about the quality of life in the community by taking the Community Development Institute’s ‘Your Voice Fort St John’ community survey from now until October 12th.The City of Fort St John and UNBC’s Community Development Institute office in Fort St John, which is called The Forge, have a partnership to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification, community resiliency, and social capacity. As part of this work, a community indicators program, including this community survey, has been developed.“‘Your Voice Fort St John’ gives our citizens a powerful voice in enriching the quality of life in our community. The results of the survey will help celebrate our strengths while identifying and addressing challenges. Please make sure Your Voice is heard,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and asks respondents to rate a number of community issues, including healthcare, education, accessibility, diversity, and mobility.“The work of The Forge contributes to building a foundation for change and innovation through engagement and deliberate long-term planning,” said The Forge’s senior facilitator Jennifer Moore. “This community survey, just one component of the overall work plan, is vital to building a stronger community for all citizens.”To take the survey, click this link: https://ca.research.net/r/YourVoiceFSJ
BALURGHAT: Tension gripped Kushmandi’s Maligaon area on Saturday morning after the body of a local TMC worker was found around 5 km away from his residence by the locals. Murder is being suspected.The deceased TMC worker has been identified as Harihar Das (50), a resident of Panchhata. Police have initiated an investigation. No arrests have been made so far. Das had gone missing since Friday afternoon. As he had not returned till late in the evening, his family members initiated a search operation but in vain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the morning, the locals discovered his body lying beside a pond with traces of rampant beating on the head. The stick was also found beside the body. Police rushed to the spot after being intimated and faced public demonstration as he was a popular face of the party there. Police, however, managed to recover his body after positive assurances. Later it was sent for postmortem to Balurghat district hospital. A local, named Bachchu Das, said: “I discovered the body in the morning while crossing the field. I screamed for help. The locals from adjacent areas rushed in and later we informed the police and Das’ family members. His body was lying beside a pond with deep head injury, probably from a bamboo stick, that was left next to him and had dry traces of blood.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocals and Das’ family members demanded immediate arrests of the culprits. Local Trinamool leader and karmadhakshya of South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad, Shyamal Saha said: “Harihar Das was an active Trinamool worker and a popular face of the area. He had close association with the party workers and locals. He also had a lot of responsibilities for the upcoming polls. The locals want quick action and have also demonstrated before the police regarding the same.” A large contingent of police force has been deployed in the area to maintain the law and order situation.
Los Angeles: The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot is beefing up its cast. Marquis Rodriquez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx have all been cast in series regular roles, reports variety.com. As with all things ‘Game of Thrones,’ the exact nature of the characters each will be playing is being kept under tight wraps. Rodriguez will next be seen starring in the Netflix miniseries ‘When They See Us’ from director Ava DuVernay, which is based on the true story of the Central Park Five. He also had a role in the Marvel-Netflix shows ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSimm’s previous television credits include ‘Collateral’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Catch’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘The Canterbury Tales’. McCabe has appeared in shows such as ‘Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams’, ‘Harlots’, ‘Collateral’, and ‘Peaky Blinders’. Heffernan’s TV credits include ‘Dracula,’ ‘Brexit,’ ‘Collateral,’ ‘The Crown,’ and ‘Luther’. Egerickx recently wrapped on ‘The Secret Garden’ and previously appeared in the films Summerland and The Little Stranger. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaThe five join previously announced cast members Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo and Miranda Richardson. Taking place thousands of years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones,’ the new show chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend-it’s not the story we think we know. Jane Goldman co-created the project with George R R Martin, whose ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novel series serves as the basis for ‘Game of Thrones’. The news comes as ‘Game of Thrones’ prepares to launch its final season.
NBA See more NFL predictions See more NBA predictions See more college football predictions College Football Oh, and don’t forgetOdell Beckham Jr. is an American treasure We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeBest football game of the weekendLast night the Toronto Argonauts pulled off a come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League championship game, the Grey Cup. Down 17-8 by half time, Toronto mounted an immense second half and tied the game 24-24 on a two point conversion following a 109-yard fumble return with four minutes left to go, and a last minute field goal to seal the deal. I watched at least a dozen different football games over the past four days and honestly? Canada put us all to shame. [TSN]Plus 57For the 25 minutes when Luc Mbah a Moute was on the court last Wednesday in Houston’s 125-95 rout of Denver, the Rockets outscored the Nuggets by 57 points. That’s the highest plus-minus (net scoring when a given player is on the court) recorded in any game since November 8, 2001. [ESPN]They did it?Congratulations to the several teams who are finally mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but specific congratulations are in order for Cleveland, an entirely defeated team that now enjoys a 71 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL draft. Their main competition is the 49ers, who have a 27 percent chance of getting the “prize.” [ESPN]The king is dead. Long live the king.Alabama lost to Auburn in the extremely important Iron Bowl and has been dethroned from its perch at the top of the AP poll. Indeed, Alabama now is down to a 79 percent chance of finishing with a top four strength of record. Clemson sits on top of the AP top 25, and is now the favorite to win the title with a 21 percent chance of taking it. Alabama has a 48 percent chance of making the playoffs following their extremely ill timed loss. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]No more 7-9 nonsenseThe Los Angeles Rams will go at least 8-8 this year with a win over New Orleans Sunday, which is consequential for one reason: It’s their first non-losing season since 2006. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004. Here’s something absurd: This year with Jared Goff behind center the Rams are ranked third when it comes to points scored. In the previous 10 years they had never ranked above 21st, and three times were straight up last place in points scored. [The Washington Post]Protest works on football?Tennessee reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with Greg Schiano to make him their head coach but backed out of it amid political and protest pressure over his alleged connections to Penn State’s Sandusky era. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number0.54Chicago had a truly awful game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mitchell Trubisky posted the third worst single game total quarterback rating since 2006, with a 0.54. The Bears recorded six rushing yards. This is the second fewest in the recorded history of the Bears, who have existed since 1920. [ESPN, ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:Bills finally came to their senses and will start Tyrod (for now)gfoster:I kinda feel bad for Peterman.kyle:i feel bad tyrod has to play for the bills more nowPredictions NFL All newsletters